Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens Kyoto Area

Kyoto Area

Kyoto, for example, has an unbelievable number of gardens – there are the ones that are in all the guide books and there are the ones that are lesser known, but nonetheless spectacular. Some of these gardens are only open for a few weeks in autumn or require reservation a few months in advance. Void of tourist masses, visiting these garden is much more enjoyable.

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Secret Gardens Tokyo Area

Tokyo Area

Where are they, the secret gardens of Tokyo? In the narrow streets of the old Edo, hidden behind high walls, most of Tokyo's green gems were gardens of samurai residences. Tokyo became Japan's capital with the beginning of the Edo period. During these peaceful times, the members of the warrior class became bureaucrats and administrators of the shogunate, and settled in picturesque estates around Tokyo.

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Secret Gardens Kamakura Area

Kamakura Area

If you wander the narrow streets of the sleepy town Kamakura nowadays, it is hard to imagine that it used to be the world's biggest city at the beginning of the Japanese medieval era. A lot of the temples and shrines have seen wars, fires, times of peace and times of neglect over the 700 or more years, but survived until today – together with their gardens.

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